Always Got Your Back.



Some of the 600 anti-fascists that faced off against an equal number of cops & all of nine KKKlowns in Dayton, OH.

The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund was set up four years ago to be something anti-fascists and those fighting against bigotry could rely on to help out when help was needed the most.  Here are two more examples from this month of this in action:


Luke, Portland anti-fascist and survivor of an assassination attempt.

If you’ve been following us for a while, then you’re probably familiar with Luke – an old-school Portland antifa who in 2010 was targeted for an assassination attempt by area nazis, who shot him in the street.  Luke survived the attempt on his life, but was paralyzed from the waist down in the attack.  He’s spent the last nine years trying to do what many said he’d never do – walk again.  He reached out to us two years ago for some help funding alternative therapies, which we were happy to help him access.  We were extremely happy to hear that he’s getting feeling back in his legs and making big progress in physical therapy, so this past January we again sent him some money to pay his therapists.  Most recently, he set up a crowdfunder to help pay for his next round of treatment, and once again we were there to pitch in.  We understand that recovering from a devastating gun injury can take years and years and we’re going to be with Luke for as long as it takes.

Meanwhile in Ohio, the KKK decided to crawl out from under their rocks and make a public appearance; well, nine of them did, anyway.  They were met by 600+ antifa in the streets, ready to shut down the festivities early if not for the 600+ police there to protect the nine KKKlowns.  Seriously, 66 cops for every KKKoward.  A little taxpayer-funded overkill, don’t you think?

But we digress!  After the event fizzled and the Klan turned and ran, some of them showed up later at a local family restaurant where their unwelcome status was made abundantly clear.  This then led to one of the bigots running down the street in a nazi helmet, waving a Klan flag.  An impromptu community watch took care of that problem but unfortunately three of those civic-minded citizens now face criminal charges as a result of taking care of the situation.  Now they need lawyers to help them fight absurd charges leveled against them, so the Defence Fund has stepped up and contributed what we could to help them fight those charges.

If the Defence Fund wasn’t around, it’s unclear whether Luke would have been able to access any therapy at all for his injuries.  If not for the Defence Fund, our friends in Ohio might be relying on public defenders to help them fight for their freedom.  The only reason the Defence Fund is around to help in situations like these is because of the people that donate to the Defence Fund.  If that’s not you yet, we have a deal for you:

Sign up to become a monthly contributor to The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund before the end of June (or, if you already contribute monthly, increase your monthly contribution by at least $5) & we’ll enter you in a draw to win an author-signed copy of one of these excellent books:


Mark Bray’s ANTIFA: THE ANTI-FASCIST HANDBOOK & Gord Hill’s THE ANTIFA COMIC BOOK: an author-signed copy of each to be given away to our monthly contributors!

On top of that, you’ll also get access to this limited-edition, exclusive antifa shirt:


Available only this month & only to monthly contributors to the Defence Fund!

It really does not get better than this, so sign up now so you don’t miss out!



Hitting Close To Home


Last week we dealt with two requests for support that hit the antifascists involved right where they live.

In South Carolina, two moms who also happen to be active antifascists had their homes raided by the FBI.  The feds raided their homes and vehicles, scoured their social media accounts, and arrested one of the moms in front of her kids for “harassment.”  During her interrogation, one of the FBI agents told one of the women that he was close friends with local neo-nazis.  When she was released from jail, three neo-nazis were waiting for her in a truck, blocking her driveway.  This all appears to stem from attempts by local antifa to expose known white supremacists in the area.  Details of the case are up on a blog here.

Meanwhile in another place we won’t name for reasons that will soon become apparent, antifascists have been targeted by nazis who are rolling up to their homes with guns and threatening to murder their families.  Imagine for a moment that this was your situation – racist extremists, who follow an ideology that praises and encourages the murder of its opponents – arrive at your house with guns, threatening to kill you & everyone you love.  Oh, and because they’re fascists, there is a good chance the police would side with them (if they haven’t already provided your address to them – see above!).

You’d have to immediately move you & your family someplace safe, correct?  With the support of the Defence Fund, that’s exactly what the family in question here did.  The next time the nazis come to burn them out or shoot them dead, they’ll just find a vacant home.

White supremacists and their close friends in law enforcement are bringing their race war right to the front doors of their enemy – anti-fascists.  We need to stand together to make sure our people are safe.   If you’d like to contribute to the legal defence of the antifa in South Carolina, here’s where you can do that.  If you’d like to ensure that we’re able to keep anti-fascists and their families safe from the kind of terror tactics described above, now is the time to make a contribution to the Defence Fund.

The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund: 2018-2019 Annual Report


The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund came to the rescue of anti-fascists confronted with difficult & potentially life-altering or deadly circumstances 17 times over the last 12 months.  Here is an overview for you:

  • We donated over $22,000USD to 61 anti-fascists.  For the fourth year in a row, the amount of monetary support we provided anti-fascists globally has increased.

    Figure A.: Per-year increase in International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund spending.

    The number of anti-fascists we provided support to dropped significantly from last year, but that was entirely due to the lack of a record-setting mass prosecution of antifascists like the #J20 case, where we helped fund the successful legal defence for 200 of the accused.  Accounting for that single incident, we supported twice the number of anti-fascists over the past year than we did in 2017-2018, which is also a record high.

  • The support we provided went to antifa in eight countries:
    • 33 in the United States
    • Nine in Canada
    • Eight in France
    • Four in Australia
    • Three in Russia
    • Two in Germany
    • Two in the UK
    • One in Finland
  • 80% of the contributions covered legal defense, court costs, fines, and prisoner support; 14% of contributions covered medical bills, injury recovery and living costs while antifa dealt with injuries sustained in attacks against them;  5% of contributions covered emergency relocation.


    Figure B. 2018-2019 breakdown of Defence Fund spending by category

  • The Defence Fund‘s Decisions Crew (the body that discusses and decides on what support to give requests or proposals received) grew 25% to include 728 antifa from 18 different countries.

    Figure C. Growth of Decisions Crew by year.

    It’s quite likely that this makes The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund’s Decisions Crew the world’s largest anti-fascist network!

Some interesting developments from our work supporting & defending anti-fascists came out over the last year:

  • We became aware of not one, but two separate defence funds that have been modelled on our own.  The Australian-based Solidarity and Defence Fund and the International Anarchist Defence Fund are both providing similar supports to activists and rebels beyond the scope of anti-fascism.  Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, we are incredibly proud that the people behind both of these defense funds were inspired by ours.  We wish them the best of luck and look forward to collaborating with them when our mandates intersect!!

    (This might be a good time to come clean and admit that The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund wasn’t a completely original idea we came up with; we adopted it from the Anti-Racist Action Network’s Anti-Racist Defense Fund, which was active in the late 90’s/early 00’s.)

  •  If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, raising their ire of your opponents is probably the 2nd-sincerest form of flattery.  So we were feeling quite proud of ourselves last summer when Breitbart, the “voice of the alt-right” and former vanity project of racist Baron Harkonnen lookalike Steve Bannon, singled us as a target for its audience to take down.  And they tried, but WE’RE STILL HERE!  We didn’t need them to confirm that the unwavering support we’ve provided to anti-fascists the world over poses a direct threat to their plans for white supremacy and genocide, but it was nice of them to do so anyway.
  • It became increasingly obvious that the police are solidly on the side of the fascists and their willingness to do the dirty work of racist extremists become more and more evident.  Some key examples from the past twelve months: that time the Berkeley po-po decided the best thing to do when white supremacists march in the streets was to attack, assault, and arrest as many of the 1000+ antifascists there to counter the march as possible.  And immediately release photos and full names of the antifascists arrested on social mediaThat same month, someone in the Portland Police Bureau decided an appropriate response to a non-violent, non-confrontational anti-fascist counter-demonstration would be to try to murder one of the counter-demonstrators by firing a flash bang grenade from a launcher aimed directly at the person’s head from close range.  The grenade penetrated the person’s bike helmet and doctors said would have killed him if not for the helmet.

    Above: a flash bang grenade protruding from the helmet of an anti-fascist, after PPB police fired it directly at his head in a clear attempt to murder him.  

    But perhaps the most absurd police action of the year goes to the police in North Carolina.  After a white supremacist “pro-confederacy” gang failed to show up to their own event @ UNC and the anti-fascists & students there made the best of it with a potluck picnic and food drive for the food bank, the police moved in, confiscating donated food items & then randomly tackling & arresting people.  For having a picnic.  And collecting food for the food bank.

    Sometimes we hear from liberals who tell us that we should just call the police on nazis and let the authorities take care of the problem.  The last twelve months added at least three new stories to our ever-expanding list of examples of why it’s a bad idea to rely on them to do so.

  • Every year, some antifa actions stand out from the rest for one reason or another.  This past year, there were two that rang out particularly loudly for us.  One was the case of Tim “Sauce” Jones, a talented MC, active anti-fascist, and friend of Heather Heyer – the woman murdered in Charlottesville by white supremacist terrorist James Alex Fields Jr. on 8/12/17.  Imagine Fields’ surprise to run into Jones in jail!  Apparently their their jailhouse tête-à-tête was quite animated and Sauce somehow caught an assault charge after the encounter.  We were only too happy to kick in to help him beat those charges as soundly as we hope he did Fields.

    The other case involved some late-night renovation work by antifascistes in Lyon, France, who built a cinderblock wall in record time directly in the doorway of the local clubhouse of the fascist Social Bastion gang.


    Build that wall, antifascistes Lyonnais!

    Les flics were not amused and went beyond arresting a few of the renovators; they also seized every scrap of anti-fascist literature and fundraising material they could find.  Until the antifa of Lyon get their own HGTV renovation show, we were happy to help them make ends meet.

  • Again this year, high-profile cases of anti-fascists being arrested or injured led to numerous crowdfunders being set up to raise money to help them.  More than a few of these crowdfunders were established by people that didn’t know the anti-fascists in question; hadn’t contacted them; had no way of actually getting the money to them; and/or didn’t even know how to get in touch with them.  A few may have been outright fraud attempts, but we like to believe that most were simply well-meaning but ham-fisted efforts to do something to support anti-fascists in trouble.

    These of course create a problem for people who genuinely want to assist the anti-fascists who risk everything by confronting fascism in their communities: how can you be certain that your support will go where it was intended?
    We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again: over the last four years The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund has established itself as the most credible and trustworthy way to provide support to anti-fascists and anti-racists internationally.  We have a four-year proven track record of supporting over 400 anti-fascists in seventeen different countries; we’ve been endorsed by The Torch Network in the U.S., The Anti-Fascist Network in the UK, and  Föreningen Fånggruppen in Sweden. We’re transparent about our decisions and how we operate.  We publish the result of every request and proposal it receives on our blog and we publicly report our activities quarterly and annually.

    The calls for help from anti-fascists are coming from all corners and coming faster and faster.  As of this writing, the Defence Fund has four separate requests under simultaneous consideration.  We don’t expect things to slow down any time soon.

    If you support the goals of anti-fascism; if you believe in opposing bigotry, discrimination, and hatred; then you really should be supporting the work the Defence Fund does.  Start by signing up to become a monthly donor, or by making a one-time donation, or by printing out and sharing our flyer, or by holding a fundraiser, or by sharing this post.  Don’t wait because right now there someone somewhere who can’t wait for the help they need.

June 2019 – Quarterly Report


The antifa that turned out to shut down and Islamophobe hate rally in Edmonton, Canada: March 2019.

This spring was actually a little quiet for The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund.  We only dealt with six requests for support over the past three months.  This is a slower pace than we’re used to but we were very thankful for the lull as it allowed us to catch our breath and try to build the Defence Fund back up to a respectable level that would allow us to make a real difference when people needed help.  In any event, that brief slow period looks like it’s over; as of this writing, we’re dealing with four new requests simultaneously.  It could be a hot, hot summer, y’all!

OK, a recap of what happened over the previous three months

Look, can we be straight with you?  This is hard fucking work we’re doing to support anti-fascists in trouble no matter where they happen to be in the world.  We need contributions from all anti-fascists to make this work.  We are counting on your to step up and give whatever you can.  This month only, we’ll offer you a little incentive, even: everyone that signs up in June to make monthly contributions to the International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund will be entered in a draw to win an author-signed copy of one of these books:


Mark Bray’s Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook or Gord Hill’s The Antifa Comic Book

Already signed up for monthly contributions to the Defence Fund?  If you increase your contribution amount by at least $5USD/month in June, we’ll enter you in the draw as well!